Length: 1h 35min
Release Date: 26 March 2010 (Colombia)
Director: Hilda Hidalgo
Writers: Gabriel García Márquez (novel), Hilda Hidalgo (adaptation)
Stars: Pablo Derqui, Eliza Triana, Jordi Dauder
See trailer on YouTube: Trailer Del Amor y Otros Demonios
On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria – the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth-century South American seaport – is bitten by a rabid dog. Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a convent for observation. And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already dreamed about a girl with hair trailing after her like a bridal train. As he tends to her with holy water and sacramental oils, Delaura feels something shocking begin to occur. He has fallen in love – and it is not long until Sierva Maria joins him in his fevered misery. Unsettling and indelible, Of Love and Other Demons is an evocative, majestic tale of the most universal experiences known to woman and man.
Critics of the movie (click text to open full movie critic website):
- Austin Film Society: "While staring at this morbid treasure of copper-colored hair, García Márquez remembered a story told by his grandmother. In the 18th century there had been a 12-year-old marquise with hair “that trailed behind her like a bridal train, who had died of rabies caused by a dog bite and was venerated in the towns long the Caribbean coast for the many miracles she had performed.” This actual confrontation with the girl’s remains and this tale told by his grandmother planted the seeds of his book DEL AMOR Y OTROS DEMONIOS, to be written over four decades later."
- Eye for Film: "In adapting a novel for the screen, a writer is often faced with a stark choice - to adhere to the literal narrative, or to adhere to the spirit of it. In adapting the work of Gabriel García Márquez, there can only be one way to go. The spirit is the narrative and only a poetic interpretation can hope to capture its substance. Of Love And Other Demons is such a film."
- Movies Kick Ass: "The production is effective and some of the cinematography is gorgeous but the film never succeeds in becoming either romantic, cerebral or even entertaining.
With the richness of the central theme about faith turning into barbarism and an ethereal promise that is never fulfilled, this film like its heroine is in dire need of a soul."
- Plume Noire: "Curiously, this is far from being the first time that a film proves to be both cheesy and pretentious at the same time. There are several examples on the arthouse film circuit, which do not even deserve to be cited here, and in most cases they are either the works of artists-turned-filmmakers or debut features from film students. To be frank, I find these types of films as much offensive as Hollywood's worst junk, except that the pretentious aspirations make it worse. I might not be familiar with Gabriel García Márquez's novel but what is sure is that this picture certainly doesn't honor it."
- Variety: "While “Of Love and Other Demons” may be the most accurate Garcia Marquez adaptation yet, it’s hardly the most faithful, excising large parts of the already slender novel and sketching characters with a sparing, almost pointillist scarcity of detail. (At times, regional accents are all that clue the viewer in to the characters’ social status.) Yet the novelist’s style is a deceptively simple balance of poetic prose with often outlandish narrative events, and touches that feel refreshingly playful in his novels can seem chintzy and arbitrary when portrayed onscreen; by deviating from the specifics of the novel, Hidalgo manages to better seize its spirit."